Diss CC shrug off collapse to secure hard-fought win
Diss collected their second win of the Norfolk Alliance season after a hard-fought game against Vauxhall Mallards A.
They were seemingly strolling their way to victory before a remarkable collapse nearly saw them lose the game before they edged home by two wickets.
After winning the toss, Diss stand-in skipper David Tooke asked the away side to bat first. Tight bowling from Barnaby Chenery (1-34) and Daniel Taylor (1-35) saw them claim the wickets of Amos (19) and Larter (0) respectively, with wicket keeper Lewis Taylor taking a superb catch.
Aidan Browne (1-17) then had Marchant (5) caught by Robert Tooke and when Chris Cooper trapped Green (2) lbw and had Allan (26) caught at mid-off by Tooke, Mallards were in some trouble at 83-5. Sam Hunt (1-17) then bowled Nixon for 17 before Mallards got to the 100 mark. Cooper continued to bowl economically, and finished with excellent figures of 2-26.
Mallards had a revival, with the experienced Goldsmith (13) and Seager putting on 35 before R. Tooke (2-26) had Goldsmith caught by Stuart Taylor. R Tooke trapped Pearce (8) lbw as Mallards scraped their way to 165-9, with the help of Seager, who ended 37 not out.
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In reply L Taylor was trapped lbw by Pearce (1-34) after just three balls. However, Chenery came to the crease and with the help of other opener Cooper, the two hit the Mallards openers all around the park, and Diss suddenly found themselves 90-1 off just 12 overs. Cooper fell for an impressive 42 to Pepper and shortly after Chenery brought up his half century, registering a total of 46 runs in boundaries. He was then out lbw to Pepper for 51 and R Tooke (4) followed when he was caught of the bowling of Bishop. Diss were left needing 61 runs to win with six wickets in hand.
D Tooke and Cokeley (3) eased the pressure, putting on 38 to put Diss within 25 runs of victory but Cokeley's dismissal sparked a dramatic collapse, seeing them go from 143-4 to 146-8.
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S Taylor and D Tooke withstood the pressure however and the pair batted superbly given the situation, and when surrounded by fielders, Taylor sublimely hooked the penultimate ball off Goldsmith to the boundary, giving Diss a narrow win. Tooke ended up with a match-winning 47.
Diss travel to Mattishall this Saturday (1pm).